“Is it me,” third annual Belfast Street Party Producer Mike Hurley asked himself, as he sat down to a planning meeting last week, “or is it just crazy out there?”

Belfast has been more crowded than usual, not just on the back-to-back festival weekends of Arts in the Park and the Maine Celtic Celebration, but during the weeks before and after as well. Local merchants and food establishments anecdotally confirmed the boomlet, enjoying unusually brisk business. Belfast has become. Belfast has been discovered.

 

The third annual Belfast Street Party is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, from 4-11 p.m. Last year’s party had thousands of attendees, and organizers are prepared for even more people this year.

The Street Party rocks and closes High Street from Main Street at the town center traffic signal to MacLeod’s Furniture.

The family friendly Lincolnville Band was added to the entertainment roster and will open the show. The main stage will feature Don Nickerson & Country Mist and close out the evening with the infectious rock dance band Sistalicious.

A DJ will spin tracks while bands set up and break down and street performers will busk. Dance performance by Courtney Porter and Company. It will not be your ordinarily quiet Belfast Monday evening.

While music and attractions like the mechanical bull, climbing wall, dunking tank, bungee jumpings and bounce houses are a big attraction, everyone has to eat somewhere and food has become just as big a draw.

Weaver’s Bakery, which last year created a friendly crush selling funnel cakes out the back of the store, is this year going to have a proper food stand to accommodate the hordes. Weaver’s, which is normally only open until 4 p.m., stays open late for the Street Party, as will most retailers, some of whom are planning TBA “specials.”

Belfast’s renowned restaurants and infamous watering holes will also be open. Whether it’s ice cream, Mexican, wraps, barbecue, crab rolls, Coffeeman or Italian Ices, there will be a great meal to enjoy on the street.

Though producers encourage Street Partiers to “bring a chair” to enjoy the shows, eat, or relax in the shade, a picnic area will be available to enjoy the street food.

Admission is free and so are two bounce houses for children, the street entertainment, and the nonstop music. You can purchase tickets to other attractions of bungee jumping and the mechanical bull, the giant inflatable rat-race maze and a climbing wall.

See you there! Don’t miss this one. The third annual Belfast Street Party, a production of Our Town Belfast. Monday, Aug. 8, 4-11 p.m., with a rain date of Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Find and friend Belfast Street Party and/or Our Town Belfast on Facebook for timely updates. FMI, or to volunteer, call 338-1975, or email mike@pilut.com.